Flying with a Baby 101

Traveling with a baby is a boogeyman. When you tell people you are planning on flying with a baby you are likely to hear “you’re so brave” and “that sounds impossible”. There is something about being on the road, at airports and on airplanes, with no privacy and no access to baby supplies, that can feel very scary. Perhaps it’s the exposure that is so frightening. Travel requires us to do in public what we are mostly used to do in private: feed our babies, put them to sleep, get through the witching hour, be tired and sometimes overwhelmed. Flying with a baby may be a necessity for you, to see family or for work, or maybe you love traveling and want to explore the world with your little one. Don’t let the logistics of it scare you. You can do it! the worst travel experiences make the best party stories! Both my children boarded their first flights at 2.5 months and have since logged thousands of miles worldwide. From quick one-hour flights to 16 hours on board, here are my top tips for not only surviving, but enjoying flying with a baby (and a toddler!). (Packing list attached at the end!) The flying-with-a-baby-mindset Flying with a baby is all about “prepare for all scenarios, and prepare to be surprised”. In practicality, this means you should come prepared physically. Pack all things you will reasonably and less reasonably need, and don’t rely on airports or airlines to provide much. It also means you should come prepared mentally. Things go wrong all the time when traveling with kids, from delayed...